WWE Royal Rumble 2007 DVD Review

The Royal Rumble is one of the most anticipated shows of the year for wrestling fans. After last year’s rather disappointing show the 20th annual Royal Rumble promised to have the most ‘star studded’ Royal Rumble match and featured for the first time ever, a ECW title match and ECW extremists in the Royal Rumble match itself.

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Certificate: 15

Length: 193 minutes Approx

Discs: 1

Disk 1 Chapters: 10 Chapters. These are entitled:

  • The Hardyz vs. MNM
  • Theodore Long and Jonathan Coachman in their office
  • ECW Heavyweight Championship: Bobby Lashley vs. Test
  • John Cena in the trainers room
  • World Heavyweight Championship: Batista vs. Ken Kennedy
  • Theodore Long, Jonathan Coachman and Kelly Kelly in their office
  • Last Man Standing – WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Umaga
  • Theodore Long, Jonathan Coachman and Kelly Kelly in their office
  • Wrestlemania 23 Promo
  • The Royal Rumble Match

Disk 1 Extras: 3 Extras:

  • World Tag Team Championships: John Cena and HBK vs. Edge and Randy Orton – Raw 29/1/07
  • Mr. McMahon and Donald Trump – Raw 29/1/07
  • Todd Grisham interviews The Undertaker and Kane

For a more detailed look at this PPV see: Royal Rumble 2007

The opener was The Hardys vs. MNM. These two teams have been feuding since December and it heated up when the Hardys smashed Joey Matthews nose across his face at Armageddon in the awesome ladder match the previous month. The week before the Royal Rumble MNM got their revenge of sorts in the form of injuring Matt Hardy’s ribs after the Matt Hardy vs Joey Matthews match on Smackdown. The actual match itself was given the right amount of time for both teams to have a great opener. The finish saw Jeff Hardy hit the Swanton Bomb and get the 3 count for the win.

In the night’s first trip to Theodore Long’s and Coach’s office, World Tag Team champs Edge and Randy Orton teased some sort of tension between themselves. Up next was, for the first time ever, an ECW Title match at the Royal Rumble.

The Bobby Lashley vs. Test match was very short but still managed to be somewhat tedious and at times painful viewing. After some very awkwardly performed moves Test was knocked to the outside and at the count of 8 decided he didn’t want to be the ECW champion that bad and walked off. Bobby Lashley chased after him and bought him back to the ring, he then hit his finisher as we cut to John Cena in the trainer’s room exchanging words with Vince McMahon.

The World Heavyweight championship match was up next. This saw Mr. Kennedy, who had won the right to fight Batista for the World Heavyweight title by ‘beating the clock’ on Smackdown. The match itself was a very typical and slow title match. Batista hit the Batista Bomb and that was that.

We go to the office of Theodore Long and the Coach once more where Hornswoggle, Kelly Kelly, The Great Khali and Ron Simmons all get in on the comedy.

The next match was one of the most hyped matches on the card, the Last Man Standing match between WWE Champion John Cena and Umaga. Their previous match at New Years Revolution was somewhat of a flashback to Sting vs. Vader in early WCW where the big nasty man wanted to destroy the smaller and beloved champion. This match however wasn’t, it was a full on war.

John Cena flung the steps from the centre of the ring all the way to the outside smashing Umaga square in the face. Cena bleeds like no mans business and in another cool spot, Umaga runs from the Raw announce table, onto the Smackdown table and tries to crush John Cena through the ECW table. Unfortunately for Umaga, Cena moves and he goes through the table. Even that wasn’t enough to keep Umaga down. Meanwhile Umaga’s handler Armando Estrada was undoing the top ring rope. Umaga attempted to use the metal pole which connected the rope to the post to give Cena a Samoan Spike, but alas, John Cena put Umaga in the STFU and choked him out using the top rope for the win. A sure fire MOTYC right there.

In our final trip to the office of T-Long and The Coach, Ric Flair ended up dancing with the sexy girls from ECW. Up next was the Royal Rumble match.

In one of the better Royal Rumble matches in a while, the number 30 entrant the Undertaker finally dumped the home town favourite Shawn Michaels over the top rope after 10 minutes of incredible exchanges after they both dumped out Edge and Randy Orton.

Extras

The Extras on the DVD featured the World Tag Title match from Raw on the 29th of January between Rated RKO and Cena/Michaels. In what turns out to be an enjoyable match, Cena and Michaels take home the gold. Also in a worthless angle, Donald Trump appears “Live” on the titan tron and drops dollars from the ceiling. The final extra sees Todd Grisham trying to get a word with The Undertaker after winning the Royal Rumble match but is brushed off, Kane then congratulates his brother.

Overall

Overall I’d say the John Cena vs. Umaga match is enough reason to buy this DVD, plus with the added bonus of a good Royal Rumble match, hot opener and a decent Tag Match on the extras you should get your moneys worth.

Points: 8 / 10

Buy It:

 

UK: DVD

USA: DVD

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